How Do I Obtain Marriage Certificate

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What is a Marriage Certificate and Why is it Needed?

A Marriage Certificate is the proof of registration of a marriage. The need for a Marriage Certificate arises in case you need to prove that you are legally married to someone, for purposes like obtaining a passport, changing your maiden name, etc.

Legal Framework

In India, a marriage can be registered under either of the two Marriage Acts: the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955(External website that opens in a new window) or the Special Marriage Act, 1954(External website that opens in a new window). To be eligible for marriage, the minimum age limit is 21 for males and 18 for females. The parties to a Hindu marriage should be unmarried or divorced, or if previously married, the spouse by that marriage should not be alive. In addition, the parties should be physically and mentally healthy and must not be related in a way prohibited by the law.

The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable only to the Hindus, whereas the Special Marriage Act is applicable to all citizens of India.

The Hindu Marriage Act provides for registration of an already solemnised marriage. It does not provide for solemnisation of a marriage by the Registrar. The Special Marriage Act provides for solemnisation of a marriage as well as registration by a Marriage Officer.

What You Need to Do to Obtain a Marriage Certificate

Under the Hindu Marriage Act:

Parties to the marriage have to apply to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction the marriage is solemnised or to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction either party to the marriage has been residing at least for six months immediately preceding the date of marriage. Both the parties have to appear before the Registrar along with their parents or guardians or other witnesses within one month from the date of marriage. There is a provision for condonation of delay up to 5 years, by the Registrar, and thereafter by the District Registrar concerned.

Under the Special Marriage Act:

The parties to the intended marriage have to give a notice to the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction at least one of the parties has resided for not less than 30 days prior to the date of notice. It should be affixed at some conspicuous place in his office. If either of the parties is residing in the area of another Marriage Officer, a copy of the notice should be sent to him for similar publication. The marriage may be solemnised after the expiry of one month from the date of publication of the notice, if no objections are received. If any objections are received, the Marriage Officer has to enquire into them and take a decision either to solemnise the marriage or to refuse it. Registration will be done after solemnisation of the marriage.

Any marriage already celebrated can also be registered under the Special Marriage Act after giving a public notice of 30 days, subject to conditions. However, as stated above, the bridegroom and the bride must have completed 21 years and 18 years of age respectively.

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Andaman and Nicobar Island

Eligibility

The girl should be above 18 years of years and the boy above the age of 21 years and one of the parties to the marriage has to have resided in Andaman & Nicobar Islands for a period of not less than thirty days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given.

Concerned Authority

Marriage officer – Additional District Magistrate

Procedure

When a marriage is intended to be solemnized, both the bridegroom and the bride have to fill the form of the ‘second schedule notice of the intended marriage’. A copy of the application duly countersigned, is put on the notice board of the Registrar’s Office for general publication, for a period of thirty days.

After 30 days of notice, if no objection has been received, the couple is considered eligible for marriage registration. They should pay Rs.50/- for obtaining the marriage certificate after due formalities.

The parties, with three witnesses, sign a declaration. The declaration is made before the marriage officer and the same is countersigned by the marriage officer.

The marriage is solemnized and the marriage certificate in the specified form is signed by both the parties (the bridegroom and the bride) as required under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Whom to approach & Time

Additional District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner’s Office, between 8.30 am. and 5.00 pm

Documents

  • Declaration to be made by the Bridegroom and the Bride
  • Age proof certificate stating that the Bridegroom has completed 21 years of age and the Bride 18 years
  • Residential proof

Fee

Rs.50/- for the Marriage Certificate

For further information, visit: http://andamandt.nic.in(External website that opens in a new window).

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Andhra Pradesh

All Sub-Registrars are Registrars of Marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act and Marriage Officers under the Special Marriage Act. The party has to go to the Sub-Registrar’s Office in the local area.

What is the difference between registration of marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954?

The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable only to the Hindus, whereas the Special Marriage Act is applicable to all citizens of India.

The Hindu Marriage Act(External website that opens in a new window) provides for the registration of an already solemnized marriage. It does not provide for solemnization of a marriage by the Registrar. Parties to the marriage have to apply to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction the marriage is solemnized or to the Registrar in whose jurisdiction either party to the marriage has been residing for at least six months immediately preceding the date of marriage. Both the parties have to appear before the Registrar along with their parents or guardians or other witnesses within one month from the date of marriage. There is a provision for condonation of delay upto 5 years by the Registrar and thereafter by the District Registrar concerned.

The Special Marriage Act(External website that opens in a new window) provides for the solemnization of a marriage as well as for registration by a Marriage Officer. The parties to the intended marriage have to give a notice to the Marriage Officer in whose jurisdiction at least one of the parties has resided for not less than 30 days prior to the date of notice. It should be affixed at some conspicuous place in his office. If either of the parties is residing in the area of another Marriage Officer, a copy of the notice should be sent to him for similar publication. The marriage may be solemnized after the expiry of one month from the date of publication of the notice, if no objections are received. If any objections are received, the Marriage Officer has to enquire into them and take a decision either to solemnize the marriage or to refuse it. Registration will be done after solemnization of the marriage.

Any marriage already celebrated can also be registered under the Special Marriage Act after giving a public notice of 30 days, subject to certain conditions.

Are there any age limits prescribed?

Yes. The bridegroom and the bride must have completed 21 years and 18 years of age respectively.

Is it necessary for both the parties to the marriage to appear before the Registrar?

Ans: Yes. It is required under the law.

Whether a marriage between a citizen of India and a citizen of any other country can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act?

Ans:No. The above Acts are applicable only to the citizens of India.

What is the procedure for the registration of a marriage ?

An application for the registration shall be in FORM A and shall be signed by each party to the marriage or by the guardian. Such a party shall be presented in person before the Registrar in whose jurisdiction either party to the marriage has been residing for at least six months immediately preceding the date of marriage.

  • The party has to append proof of age and marriage photo
  • Both the parties to the marriage and the guardian if any, appear before the marriage Registrar personally.
  • The application for registration of marriage shall be presented within one month of the date of solemnization of the marriage.
  • If the delay is more than one month, up to 5 years, the Sub-Registrar will condone the delay.
  • If the delay is above 5 years, the District Registrar will condone the delay.

What is the procedure for getting a marriage registered under the Special Marriage Act?

The parties to the intended marriage have to give a notice to the marriage officer in whose jurisdiction at least one of the parties must have resided for not less than 30 days prior to the date of notice.

This notice will be displayed on the notice board of the Sub-Registrar’s office. After the expiry of one month, if no objections are received, declarations by the bride and the bridegroom shall have to be filed. Then the marriage will be solemnized.

For more information, visit http://igrs.ap.gov.in/

 

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Arunachal Pradesh

Eligibility

Indian citizens of age above 18 years and 21 years for the bride and for the groom respectively

Concerned Authority

Marriage Officer (normally, EAC(Judicial) of the Deputy Commissioner?s office is designated as the Marriage Officer)

Procedure

  • The parties (bride and groom) need to submit a joint application with a joint affidavit in the prescribed format to the office of the Marriage Officer.
  • After receiving the application from the parties, the Marriage Officer will issue a notice (with a copy on the notice board) for claims and objections, to the Marriage Officers of the home districts of both the bride and the groom, returnable within one month.
  • Marriage Officers of the home districts publicise widely for the information of all concerned like parents, relatives etc so that they can file claims and objections, if any, to the Marriage Officer.
  • If no claims and objections are received within the stipulated period of one month, from the Marriage Officers of home districts, the marriage is solemnized and registered in the court of the Marriage Officer, in the presence of three witnesses under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Necessary documents/papers

Affidavit, prescribed application form

Fee

Rs. 100/- for issuing a Marriage Certificate

Forms

The concerned forms are sold at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Online submission of forms is not possible. A signed copy of the application is required for processing.

 

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Chandigarh

The Marriage Bureau of Chandigarh administration provides forms for application for marriage as well as acquire a certificate of Marriage.

Forms are available at http://chandigarh.gov.in/how_marriage.htm(External website that opens in a new window).

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Chhattisgarh

While applying for a Marriage Certificate, in most cases, the Additional Collector/ADM issues the marriage registration certificate. There is no specific time limit for the issuance of a marriage registration certificate.

Necessary documents/papers

  • Filled-up application form.
  • At least 2 photographs of the marriage.
  • A challan of Rs.11.
  • An oath on a stamp paper of Rs.20, by both the husband and the wife, in front of the Notary.
  • The marriage invitation card in original.
  • A court fee/ ticket of Rs.5 to be affixed on the application form.

Concerned Authority

Collectorate.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Delhi

A marriage which has already been solemnised can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 or under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both the husband and the wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, or in cases where they have converted into any of these religions. In case either the husband or the wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Further, the marriage can be solemnised between any two persons under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Concerned Authority

Office of the Additional-Divisional Magistrate(ADM) in whose jurisdiction either the husband or the wife resides

Necessary papers/documents

  • The application form duly signed by both the husband and the wife.
  • Documentary evidence of the date of birth of parties (Matriculation Certificate/Passport/Birth Certificate). The minimum age of both parties is 21 years at the time of registration under the Special Marriage Act.
  • The Ration Card of the husband or wife in whose area the ADM has been approached for the certificate.
  • In case of the Special Marriage Act, documentary evidence regarding stay in Delhi of the parties for more than 30 days (ration card or report from the concerned SHO).
  • Affidavit by both the parties stating the place and the date of marriage, the dates of birth, marital status at the time of marriage and nationality.
  • Two passport sized photographs of both the parties and one marriage photograph.
  • Marriage invitation card, if available.
  • If the marriage was solemnized in a religious place, a certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage is required.
  • An affirmation that the parties are not related to each other within the prohibited degree of relationship as per the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act as the case may be.
  • An attested copy of the divorce decree/ order in the case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in the case of a widow/widower.
  • In case one of the parties belongs to a religion other than Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, a conversion certificate from the priest who solemnized the marriage (in case of the Hindu Marriage Act).
  • All documents excluding the receipt should be attested by a Gazetted Officer.

Fee

Rs. 100/- in case of the Hindu Marriage Act and Rs.150/- in case of the Special Marriage Act is to be deposited with the cashier of the district, and the receipt to be attached with the application form.

Forms

Click here (368 KB)(PDF file that opens in a new window) for the Application Form for registration of marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Click here (68 KB)(PDF file that opens in a new window) for the Application Form for registration of marriage under the Special Marriage Act.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Goa

NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF A MARRIAGE (Completed in 2 stages)

Procedure

STAGE I : Filling the Declaration of Marriage in the Office

** Necessary :-

  • Presence of the bridegroom & the bride, plus both parents of bride below 21 years. (issued within)
  • Birth Certificate of the bridegroom. (3 months and/or)
  • Birth Certificate of the bride. (additional auto)
  • Domicile/ Residence Certificate (Continuous residence proof issued by Mamlatdar/ Sarpanch of Taluka/ Village).
  • Fee Rs.50/- only. ( ** Special documents/requirements: See below).

Between StageI and Stage II, there is a statutary waiting period of 10 days including two Sundays for publication of notices.

(CAUTION:- Waiver of the waiting period could be obtained in deserving cases from the Delegado ( A.P.P.). This may be resorted to only in unavoidable circumstances since the parties stand to lose the easy option of desisting from proceeding with the registration in case bad antecedents of the groom/ bride come to notice after the marriage registration).

STAGE II :- Actual Registration of a Marriage

Necessary :- Only the presence of the bridegroom, the bride and two witnesses (plus parents, additional witnesses, interpreter, etc., if so advised at the declaration stage).

(Roman Catholics opting for Canonical Marriage in Church need come only once. It would be in their interest to verify personally that their marriage papers actually reached the Civil Registration Office after their religious marriage.)

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Himachal Pradesh

Eligibility

Indian citizens above the age of 18 years (for brides) and 21 years (for grooms).

Procedure

  • The marriage ceremony should actually have taken place.
  • Both the bride and the groom need to submit a joint application on the prescribed proforma to the Marriage Officer/SDM.
  • Two witnesses should accompany the bride and groom to the Marriage Office.
  • Proof of the dates of birth of both the bride & the groom should be enclosed along with the joint application.
  • Residence proof document of the bride should be enclosed along with the joint application.

Fees

  • No fees if the marriage certificate is obtained within one month of actual marriage.
  • Rs.10/- if the marriage certificate is obtained after one month and before three months of actual marriage.
  • Rs.50/- if the marriage certificate is obtained after three months of actual marriage. However, in this case, the marriage certificate is issued by the Deputy Commissioner.

 

 

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Karnataka

Registration of Hindu Marriage

  1. The parties to a Hindu Marriage may have the particulars relating to their marriage entered in a register and prepare and sign a memorandum in Form 1 in duplicate, and either deliver them in person or send them by registered post to the Registrar of the area in which the marriage took place or in which the bridegroom or the bride ordinarily reside.
  2. Every such memorandum shall be delivered or sent along with an application in Form – 1A.
  3. The memorandum and its duplicate shall be signed by three witnesses.
  4. On receipt of the memorandum and the duplicate, the Registrar shall make an endorsement in Form II on the reverse and then paste the memorandum in the register which shall be in the form of a paste book consisting of blank butts serially numbered, beginning with figure 1.
  5. On filing the memorandum along with the application and completion of registration, the Registrar shall immediately issue a certificate of registration of marriage in Form IIA and communicate it either to the presenter in person or send it by post to the parties to the marriage.

Fees for grant of certified copies:-

a. for every certified copy of marriage memorandum and identity slip, if any Rs.10/-
b. For every certified copy of application of form – VII Rs.10/-
c. For every certified copy of order of refusal to file memorandum of marriage by Registrar. Rs.10/-

2. Miscellaneous:-

a. For every application presented to the Registrar. Rs.5/-
b. For every search of a marriage memorandum. Rs.5/- per year.

Provided that no search fee shall be charged if the application for grant of certified copy is presented along with the application for marriage.

Parsi Marriage

Certificate and registry of marriage.

- Every marriage contracted under this Act shall, immediately on the solemnisation thereof, be certified by the officiating priest in the form contained in Schedule II. The certificate shall be signed by the said priest, the contracting parties and two witnesses present at the marriage; and the said priest shall thereupon send such a certificate together with a fee of two rupees to be paid by the husband to the Registrar of the place at which such a marriage is solemnised. The Registrar, on receipt of the certificate and fee, shall enter the certificate in a register to be kept by him for that purpose and shall be entitled to retain the fee.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Lakshadweep

In the case of an officially registered marriage, the certificate is issued to the parties who have officially registered their marriage before the Sub-Registrar. For getting this certificate, the respective parties have to apply in a white paper by affixing a Court Fee Stamp of Re.1. There is no specific format for the application form, and they can apply for the same during the office hours.

Concerned Authority

The Sub-Registrar is the issuing authority.

In case of normal Muslim Marriages, the Khazi of the island is the responsible authority to issue the certificate. For getting such a certificate, there is no application fee and no specific format of the application.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Maharashtra

Procedure

Different types of marriage registration are done.

  • Court marriage ? The bride-to-be and the bridegroom-to-be will fill up the forms at the office of the Registrar of Marriage and provide Ration Cards in original for verification of address. After 30 days the marriage is solemnised in the Registrar’s office in the presence of two witnesses. After that, the certificate will be issued.
  • Registration of marriages already solemnised in society as per religious ceremonies – In this category, after the marriage is solemnised in the community, the bride and the bridegroom can register their marriage in the Registrar’s Office by filling the necessary form in the presence of 2 witnesses. The invitation card and Registration certificate issued by the community center is given as evidence. For identification purpose, the Ration Card in original is to be shown.

 

 

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Puducherry

Before independence, the Union Territory of Pondicherry was under the rule of the French Government. During their regime, they conducted/registered marriages in the Local Bodies. The same has been followed till date in the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

There are two types of Marriages

  • Civil Marriage
  • Declaration Marriage

Civil Marriage

Civil Marriages are conducted in the Local Body itself.

Marriage Registration for Renoncant Indians (Person who has obtained family name during the French Regime): The Renoncant Indians may register their marriages if the bride has completed 15 years of age and the bridegroom’s age is not more than 18 years, with consent of their parents and the Law Department order/permission.

Marriage Registration for French Nationality: The French National may register their marriages, inspite of the Bride?s age 15 years completed and the Bridegrooms age is 18 completed with the consent of their parents and to submit the bachelor certificate obtained from French Embassy at Pondicherry.

Marriage Registration for Indians: If the bride and bridegroom’s age is 18 years, their marriages may be registered with consent of their parents.

Marriage Registration for Indians: If the bride and bridegroom’s age is 21 years, their marriages may be registered with out consent of their parents.

Declaration Marriage

The marriages which are conducted in Kalyanamandapam/temple/houses and other places may register for a declaration marriage.

For registration of Declaration Marriage, two stages are followed:

  • For marriages which are conducted in Kalyanamandapam/Temples and other places, the bride and bridegroom, have to obtain progidar certificates with two witnesses, and complete 18 years and 21 years respectively and then register.
  • If the bride and bridegroom have completed 21 years of age, then they can register their marriage after obtaining the progidar certificate which were conducted in Kalyanamandapam / Temples. There is no need for witnesses.

Procedure

For Civil Marriage: 11 days after publication of ?BAN? before the calander year.

For the Declaration Marriage :

Within the Local Bodies Jurisdiction 15 Days
The resident of concerned Local Body has married out side the Union Territory 90 Days

Marriage Certificate in Union Territory of Pondicherry is issued by Local Bodies like Pondicherry Municipality, Oulgaret Municipality, Ariyankuppam Commune Panchayat, Bahoor Commune Panchayat, Nettapakkam Commune Panchayat, Mannadipet Commune Panchayat and Villianur Commune Panchayat. In Karaikal Region, Karaikal Municipality, Kottucherry Commune Panchayat, Neravy Commune Panchayat, Nedungadu Commune Panchayat, Thirunallar commune Panchayat and T.R.Pattinam Commune Panchayat issues the certificate. In Mahe and Yanam regions, both the respective Municipalities issues the certificate, on receipt of application, provided the marriage has already been registered.

Marriage details are computerized in the Pondicherry Municipality from the current year and the public can access it in two ways. One by input of data through the keyboard and another, by scanning the filled application form receipt within 7 days of event.

Documents and Fee

  • Application in prescribed form @ Rs.1.00
  • Each copy Marriage certificate @ Rs.25.00
  • Family Book @ Rs.50.00

Note: The information regarding the date of marriage, both bride and bridegroom name, date of birth, place of birth, parents name, occupation is available when it is being issued. Later on all the birth and death occurred in respect of their family may be recorded for the reference.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Punjab

Department Concerned

The Tehsildar, and in his absence the Naib Tehsildar of the concerned Tehsil, acts as the Registrar for registration under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

Eligibility Conditions

A party to a Hindu Marriage which has been solemnised, or the guardian of such a party, may apply for registration of the marriage to the Registrar of the local area in which the applicant resides.

Step by Step Procedure

i. When an application for the registration of a Hindu Marriage is presented before the Registrar by a party, the Registrar shall, except when both the parties to the marriage and their guardians appear before him personally and are identified to his satisfaction, give notice to the other party by registered post and make such enquiries of a summary character as he thinks fit regarding the marriage.

ii. On being satisfied about the fact of the marriage, the Registrar shall register the marriage and enter the particulars thereof, as given in the application for registration, in the Hindu Marriage register.

Check List of Documents

i. Application form

ii. Fee Receipt/Copy of Challan if paid in Treasury

iii. Copy of the Ration Card or proof of residence

Verification Procedures

The details mentioned in the form are verified from the proofs of marriage like Marriage Card, Photographs, Ration Card and written statements taken from the parents/ guardians of both parties and the Lambardar.

Prescribed Time Schedule

The Marriage Certificate is issued to the applicant in 30 days.

Fee Prescribed

i. Fee: Rs.50/-

ii. Pasting Fee: Rs.20/-

Sanctioning Authority

The Registrar ( Birth and Death) of the concerned area

Grievance Redressal System

Any person aggrieved by an order refusing to register a marriage may, within 30 days from the date of the order, appeal to the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned.

Other Information

i. The age of the female should not be less than 18 years and that of the male should not be less than 21 years.

ii. A male can apply for registration of marriage to the registrar of the area in which he resides. Similarly a female can also apply for registration of marriage to the registrar of the area in which she resides, i.e., a marriage can be registered either at the bride’s place or at the bridegroom’s place.

 

 

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Rajasthan

Marriage Certificate is issued to Indian citizens by the Marriage Officer/Registrar of marriage, who is generally the District Magistrate of the concerned district under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, or under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955(XXV), the Rajasthan Hindu Marriage Registration Rules 1956, etc.

Under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, marriage registration must be done within 30 days of the date of marriage. If the registration is not done within 30 days, the marriage will be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Eligibility

Grooms should be at least 21 years old, while brides should at least 18 for a marriage to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Grooms and brides should be at least 21 years old if the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Forms

The prescribed application form is to be filled-up for marriage registration under different marriage Acts. The application form is free and available at the District Magistrate office.

Necessary documents/papers

  • Affidavit.
  • Age certificate (mark sheet/ certificate from medical officer).
  • 2 Photographs of Marriage (as proof of marriage).
  • Residence certificate of both the bride and the groom.
  • Marriage Card (optional).
  • Priest’s Affidavit is required in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

Fee

Rs.10 is charged for issuing a Marriage Certificate.

Procedure

After receiving the dully-filled application from the bride and groom, the Registrar of marriage issues a one-month notice to the Registrar of marriage of both the bride’s and the groom’s home districts and to their parents for any claims and objections. A copy of the notice is also pasted on the notice board. If no claims or objections are received within the one-month period, the Registrar registers the marriage under the Marriage Act in the presence of both the bride and the grooms, and 3 witnesses. The Marriage Certificate is then issued to the couple.

Concerned Authority

Registrar of Marriage/ Marriage Officer, who is generally the District Magistrate.

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Sikkim

Eligibility

There are two types of certificates available. One for already married couples and the other for Court Marriages.

  • For Court Marriage – One of the parties should be a permanent resident of India to be eligible to get the Marriage Certificate. All District Collectors’ Offices in Sikkim are the concerned authority providing the certificate. One has to collect the form for the Marriage Certificate from the respective single window counter and the filled form has to be submitted to the Marriage Officer.

Necessary Documents

The following attested/ certified documents are to be submitted by the applicant:

  • Certificate of identity.
  • Two numbers of passport-sized photos each.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Panchayat Report (in case of locals).
  • Bank Receipt of Rs. 20/.

Note:

After submitting the filled in forms, the application/notice is pasted on the notice board of the District Collectorate. In case of outstation candidates, a copy notice will be issued to their respective District Marriage Officers; in case of candidate from within India, the notice will be issued to the concerned Embassy for parties from outside the Country. A notice of one month is given for raising any objections to the marriage. Witnesses from both the parties should be present at the time of registration of the marriage.

  • Marriage Certificate for already married couple

Only the Hindu Marriage Act is followed in this case. One of the parties should be a permanent resident of Sikkim to be eligible to get the Marriage Certificate. All District Collectors’ Offices in Sikkim are the concerned authority providing the certificate. One has to collect the form for the Marriage Certificate from the respective single window counter and the filled form has to be submitted to the Marriage Officer.

Necessary Documents

  • Certificate of Identity.
  • Two passport-sized photos each.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Panchayat Report (in case of locals).
  • Bank Receipt of Rs. 20/-.

Note:

After submitting the forms, the office sends for a Police Verification Report to the concerned Thana. After the report is obtained, the Certificate is issued.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Tamil Nadu

Requests for obtaining marriage certificates from computerised offices can be submitted online at
http://www.tnreginet.net(External website that opens in a new window).

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Tripura

Indian Citizens above marriagiable age (18 years for the bride and 21 years for the groom), without a living spouse, not suffering from mental disorder and the intended relationship not within the degrees of prohibited relationship can apply for registration of marriage. The prohibited relationship includes:

  • Half or Uterine blood as well as by full blood
  • Illegitimate blood relationship as well legitimate
  • Relationship by adoption as well by blood

Two persons are said to be related to each other by full blood if they are descendents from a common ancestor by the same wife and by half blood when they are descended from a common ancestor but by different wives. Two persons are said to be related to each other by uterine blood when they are descended form a common ancestress but by different husbands.

Procedure

Marriage under Special Marriage Act 1954

Parties (bride and groom) need to submit a notice in writing, in the form specified in the second schedule to the Marriage Officer of the district, in which at least one of the parties to the marriage has resided for a period of not less than 30 days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given. The notice shall accompany a joint affidavit by the parties in prescribed format to the office of the Marriage Officer.

After receiving the duly filled application from the parties, the Marriage Officer will issue a notice (with a copy on notice board) for claims and objections to the Marriage Officers of home districts of both the bride and groom, returnable within one month.

Marriage Officers of home districts publicice widely for information of all concerned like parents, relatives etc., so that they can file claims and objections, if any, to the Marriage Officer of concerned home district.

If no claims and objections are received within the stipulated period of one month from Marriage Officers of home districts, the marriage is solemnized and registered in the court of Marriage Officer, in presence of 3 (three) witnesses under Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Receipt of objection

On receipt of an objection, the Marriage Officer shall not solemnize the marriage until he has inquired into the objection and decided against the merit of the objection or the objection is withdrawn by the person making it. The marriage Officer is required to complete the inquiry within 30 days of receipt of the objection and take a decision.

In favour of objection

In case the Marriage Officer upholds the objection and refuses to solemnize the marriage, either party to the intended marriage may, within a period of 30 days from the date of refusal, prefer an appeal to the District Court, whose decision on this appeal shall be final, and the Marriage Officer shall act in conformity with the decision of the court.

Marriage under Hindu Marriage Act 1955 (Section 8)

Applicants who get married under the Hindu customs can get their marriage registered within one month of the actual marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 (Section 8) by applying to the office of the Sub-Registrar in prescribed form along with relevant proof of marriage.

Concerned Department

Marriage Officer (normally, Additional District Magistrate & Collector) of the Office of the District Magistrate & Collector is designated as the Marriage Officer.

Necessary Documents

The following documents are required under Special Marriage Act 1954:

  • Prescribed Application Form (Notice) under Section 5, for potential bride and bridegroom or under Section 15 for husband and wife.
  • Joint Declaration to be made by both the applicants in Special Marriage Form No. 2, (IIIrd schedule).
  • Affidavit as in under Section 5 for potential bride and bridegroom or under Section 15 for husband and wife.
  • A fee of Rs.45/-, to be deposited in Treasury Challan, as charged for issuing the Marriage Certificate.

The concerned forms are sold at the Office of the District Magistrate & Collector for Rs.10/-. In case the parties request to solemnize the marriage at their premises and the same is entertained by the Marriage Officer, an advance fee of Rs.145/- is required to be deposited in the form of Treasury Challan.

The following documents are required under Hindu Marriage Act 1955 (Section 8):

  • Proof of Nationality
  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of solemnizing of the marriage (Invitation Card/Certificate by Priest)
  • A fee of Rs.110/-, to be deposited in cash, as charged for issuing the Marriage Certificate

The concerned forms are available at the Office of the Sub-Registrars. Certified copies of marriage certificate under Hindu Marriage Act are available form the Office of the Sub-Registrars at a cost of Rs.100/-.

Other information

The application forms are available for issuing notice for marriage, indicative affidavits under section 5, affidavit for registration of marriage section 15 and form for Registration of Special Marriage.

Obtain Marriage Certificate: Uttar Pradesh

Concerned Authority

The Addl. District Magistrate of the D.M. Office is designated as the Marriage Officer.

Condition, Formalities & Procedure to Solemnise Marriage under section 5 of the Special Marriage Act-1954

Conditions

  • Indian citizens above the age of 18 years (for brides), and 21 years (for grooms).
  • The parties (bride & groom) should be unmarried, or the spouse should not be alive in case of an already married person, or the parties should be legally divorced.
  • The parties should be physically and mentally healthy.
  • The parties should not be related with the relations prohibited under law.

Formalities

  • Duly filled form (Section-5) [Download form(External website that opens in a new window)] in three copies.
  • Three photographs of the bride.
  • Three photographs of the groom.
  • Age certificate of the bride and the groom.
  • An affidavit on a stamp paper of Rs. 10.00 by both the bride & the groom.
  • A court fee of Rs.50.00 in the form of stamps.

Procedure

Submit the application in the prescribed form, along with the ,necessary documents as mentioned above, in the court of the Marriage Officer (Addl. District Magistrate, Collectorate). The Court will verify all the declarations of the parties, and shall solemnise the marriage in the presence of three witnesses, after 30 days of and before three months from the date of submission of application in the Court. The Marriage Certificate will be issued after the marriage.

Condition, Formalities & Procedure to Register Marriage under Section 15 of the Special Marriage Act-1954

Conditions

  • The parties (husband & wife) should be already married, and must be living together.
  • The parties should not be less than 21 years of age.
  • There should not be more than one spouse of any of the parties at the time of marriage registration.
  • The parties should not be related with the relations prohibited under law.
  • The parties must have lived for at least one month in the district where marriage is to be registered, at the time of marriage registration.

Formalities

  • Duly filled form (Section-15) in three copies.
  • Three photographs of the wife.
  • Three photographs of the husband.
  • Age certificates of the wife and the husband.
  • An affidavit on a stamp paper of Rs.10.00 by both the wife & the husband.
  • Proof of marriage.
  • A court fee of Rs.50.00 in the form of stamps.

Procedure

Submit the application in the prescribed form, along with the necessary documents as mentioned above, in the court of the Marriage Officer (Addl. District Magistrate, Collectorate). The Court will get all the declarations of the parties verified, and shall register the marriage in the presence of three witnesses, after 30 days of and before three months from the date of submission of the application in the Court. The marriage registration certificate will be issued after the registration of the marriage.

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Obtain Marriage Certificate: Uttarakhand

Eligibility

  • Any person who is a Hindu by religion, in any of its forms or developments, including a Virashaiva, a Lingayat or a follower of the Brahmo, Prarthana or Arya Samaj;
  • Any person who is a Buddhist, Jain or Sikh by religion; and
  • Any other person domiciled in the territories to which this Act extends, who is not a Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion, unless it is proved that any such a person would not have been governed by the Hindu Law or by any custom or usage as part of that law, in respect of any of the matters dealt with herein if this Act has not been passed.

Concerned Authority

Every Sub-Registrar (Hindu Marriages) within the limits of his jurisdiction and every Registrar (Hindu Marriages) of the district

Procedure

An application for the registration of a marriage shall be made in duplicate to the Registrar within whose jurisdiction the marriage is solemnised, or within whose jurisdiction the husband permanently resides, and shall be in Form ‘A’ of the Schedule appended to these rules:

  • Provided that, if the application is made to the Registrar within whose territorial jurisdiction the marriage is solemnised, and the husband does not permanently reside within such jurisdiction, it shall be made in triplicate and the third copy of the application shall be forwarded by the Registrar receiving the application to the Registrar within whose jurisdiction the husband permanently resides.
  • Provided further that an application for the registration of a marriage shall ordinarily be presented to a Sub-Registrar having jurisdiction, but that the Registrar of the District may, in his discretion, also entertain any such application.

An application in Form-A shall be accompanied by a certificate by a Gazetted Officer, Pradhan of a Gaon Sabha, Sarpanch of a Nyaya Panchayat or Pramukh of a Kshettra Samiti or the President of any other local body, or in case any party to the marriage resides outside India, by the Indian Consul or Vice-Consul, as to the identity of the parties to the marriage and the correctness of other particulars appearing in the application, and may either be delivered personally to the Registrar concerned or sent to him by registered post.

Necessary documents/papers

  • Duly filled application (Form-A) in duplicate/triplicate
  • Age Certificates of the bridegroom and the bride
  • Individual latest photographs of the bridegroom and the bride
  • Certificate/Proof of Marriage by Gram Pradhan/Chairman Nagar Palika/Any Gazetted Officer

Fee

  • Rs. 2.00, if the application for the registration of a marriage is made within two months of the date of its solemnisation,
  • Rs. 4.00, if the application for the registration of a marriage is made after two months of the date of its solemnisation.

Forms

Form-A (application for the registration of Hindu Marriage). As on date, the form is not available online.

 

 

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  1. Shamshad alam says:

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